Florida Scenics Blog- The art of Sharon Osterholt

The Florida State Park Plein Air Painting Tour – Painting each of Florida's State Parks on location

Park #78 – John Gorrie Museum State Park

After spending the morning at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, we arrived in downtown Apalachicola later in the afternoon. The museum was closed, but the grounds were park-like corner squares … Continue reading

June 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #77 – T. H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

It was a beautiful drive along the gulf coast from Port St. Joe to T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. Along the way are glimpses of beach and … Continue reading

June 26, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #76 – Grayton Beach State Park

We used a cabin at Grayton Beach State Park as our home base while visiting the parks in the panhandle area. The cabins are set away from the main park, and … Continue reading

June 22, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #75 – Camp Helen State Park

After lunch we arrived at Camp Helen State Park. It is located where a large dune lake (Lake Powell) enters the Gulf of Mexico. It is a very pretty location, … Continue reading

June 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park # 74 – Eden Gardens State Park

If you are heading over to Eden Gardens State Park, don’t follow directions from Siri! She wants to take you to the woods on the back side of the park … Continue reading

June 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #73 – Yellow River Marsh Preserve State Park

After visiting Blackwater River State Park, we headed west on I-10 a few miles to Yellow River Marsh Preserve State Park. This park doesn’t have any amenities, with just a very small gravel parking … Continue reading

June 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #72 – Blackwater River State Park

We visited Blackwater River State Park just east of Pensacola after a long day of driving from central Florida. It was mid-afternoon and a few families were enjoying the cool water … Continue reading

June 13, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #71 – Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located a few miles east of Destin. Apparently this park is big with RV crowd, and as we pulled in to the entrance station … Continue reading

June 8, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #70 – St. Andrews State Park

St. Andrews State Park was a surprise. After driving through the heart of Panama City Beach and it’s hotels and t-shirt shops we really didn’t expect this park to be … Continue reading

June 3, 2015 · 4 Comments

Park #69 – Deer Lake State Park

Deer Lake State Park is along Scenic Highway 30A in South Walton County. Amid all the “new urbanism” planned communities along this stretch of two lane road, this State Park preserves one … Continue reading

June 1, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park # 68 – Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park

Traffic on the four lane highway that leads to Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park seemed busy for the late morning, but once we pulled into the park, the crowds … Continue reading

May 29, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #66 – Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park

We visited Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park in the middle of a very hot afternoon! It was very hot, but I was able to find a spot in the shade … Continue reading

May 25, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #65 – Big Lagoon State Park

Big Lagoon State Park is just west of Pensacola on a large saltwater lagoon. Across the lagoon is Gulf Islands National Seashore. It was a bright sunny day the morning … Continue reading

May 24, 2015 · 2 Comments

Painting #64 – Tarklin Bayou Preserve State Park

We arrived at Tarklin Bayou Preserve State Park on a sunny clear morning. This park is on the west side of Pensacola, but even morning traffic through town wasn’t bad … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Side Trip – Gulf Islands National Seashore

On the way to Perdido Key State Park, we saw the turn-off for this National park. We decided to make a quick stop here after a local fisherwoman told my … Continue reading

May 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Painting #63 – Perdido Key State Park

We just got back from a painting trip to the Florida panhandle area, and started with the farthest west you can go and still be in Florida! Perdido Key is … Continue reading

May 17, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park # 62 – Estero Bay Preserve State Park

We arrived at Estero Bay Preserve State Park on an overcast morning. The sun didn’t show the entire time we were there. So my painting looks a bit moody! This … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park # 61 – Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

After spending a morning at shopping and sightseeing in sleepy old town Micanopy, and lunch at Blue Highway (great pizza and salads!) we hoped over to Paynes Prairie Preserve State … Continue reading

May 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

Florida State Park Plein Air Tour – Side Trip to Cross Creek and Evinston

While I was painting at Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings State Park, Rick decided to take my camera and check out the little town of Cross Creek. Then later, we both went … Continue reading

May 1, 2015 · 4 Comments

Park #60 – Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park

We arrived at Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park in Cross Creek after a morning of antique shopping in Micanopy and exploring Cross Creek. This area of Florida is especially beautiful … Continue reading

April 30, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #58 – Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park

We arrived at Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park mid-afternoon as the clouds were building. We stopped at the overlook down a deep ravine formed by Gold Head Branch. … Continue reading

April 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park # 57 – Skyway Fishing Pier State Park

The Sunshine Skyway Bridge was hit by a barge in 1980. A section of the bridge collapsed and 35 people were killed. When a new bridge was built, sections at … Continue reading

April 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park # 54 – Caladesi Island State Park

Caladesi Island State Park is a barrier island off the gulf coast near Clearwater. There are no roads to the park, so to get there you can use your own … Continue reading

April 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Florida State Park Plein Air Tour – Side Trip to Smallwood’s Store

I’ve read about the Smallwood’s Store in several articles, so when I found out that Fakahatchee Strand State Park was close by I scheduled a side trip! Smallwood’s Store in … Continue reading

April 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park # 53 – Collier-Seminole State Park

Collier-Seminole State Park is located on the Tamiami Trail between Naples and Everglades City. On the edge of the everglades, this park is lush with oaks, royal palm trees and mangroves. … Continue reading

April 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Florida State Park Tour – Side trip to Everglades City

While visiting Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, we took a side trip to Everglades City to have a lunch and sightsee in this old Florida town. I had never been … Continue reading

April 9, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #52 – Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

On the way to this park down highway 29, there were high chain link fences and signs that read “Panther Crossing.” I drove carefully hoping to spot a seldom seen … Continue reading

April 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #51 Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

We arrived at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park on another sunny warm Florida day. The park is pretty with Australian pines along the beach side, and mangroves along the bay side. We … Continue reading

April 6, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park # 50 Manatee Springs State Park

Wow – up to 50 paintings of Florida’s State Parks! Now just under 100 more to do before the end of the year. This was my first visit to Manatee … Continue reading

April 2, 2015 · 3 Comments

Park #49 – Fanning Springs State Park

Our trip to Fanning Springs started off as a cool foggy morning. We walked around the spring to see that it was flooded from recent rains. The water was still … Continue reading

April 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #48 – Little Manatee River State Park

I spent a quiet afternoon painting at Little Manatee River. First I drove around the park roads scouting for a good painting location. I traveled past the picnic tables all … Continue reading

March 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #47 – Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park

After visiting Lake Kissimmee State Park I had Catfish Creek State Park on my list. On the map the two parks touch borders, so I figured it was just a … Continue reading

March 27, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #45 John D. MacArthur State Park

John D. MacArthur State Park is located just north of West Palm Beach and is a haven of nature amid the bustling congestion nearby. When you first pull in, the … Continue reading

March 21, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #44 – Jonathon Dickinson State Park

Jonathon Dickinson State Park, just south of Stuart, was full of surprises! As you drive down A1A towards the park, a large dune is visible. Once in the park the … Continue reading

March 19, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #43 – Oscar Scherer State Park

Just south of Sarasota is Oscar Scherer State Park. It is a large park in an area that would certainly be developed if not preserved as a park. It has … Continue reading

March 16, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #42 – DeLeon Springs State Park

It was a sunny and cool day – perfect day for painting and exploring DeLeon Springs State Park! We explored the park a bit and looked around the Old Spanish … Continue reading

March 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #41 – Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park

I love palm trees in paintings, so when I saw these tall old Sable Palms along Bulow Creek, choosing a spot to paint was easy! The park wasn’t very busy, … Continue reading

March 5, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #40 – Fort Cooper State Park

When we arrived at Fort Cooper State Park, just outside of Inverness, it was sunny. But soon the skies turned cloudy and threatened rain. I selected a smaller canvas size … Continue reading

March 2, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #38 – Paynes Creek Historic State Park

Paynes Creek Historic State Park is a nice place to explore and spend a day. Paynes Creek flows into the Peace River here, and there is a suspension bridge over … Continue reading

February 23, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #37 – Fort Pierce Inlet State Park

What nice weather we had for visiting Fort Pierce Inlet State Park. This winter season has been unusually cold and cloudy, but this day was warm, bright and sunny. We … Continue reading

February 16, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #36 – Lake Manatee State Park

We arrived at Lake Manatee State Park on a beautiful morning with a crisp cloudless sky. I explored the park and was surprised to find some Sky-blue Lupines blooming along the … Continue reading

February 10, 2015 · 1 Comment

Park #35 – Alafia River State Park

The weather man on TV said this day would be a partly sunny day – but they were just totally wrong! As we were driving to the park it was … Continue reading

February 7, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #34 – Myakka River State Park

Myakka River State Park is one of Florida’s most popular parks, and for good reason. This park is one of the largest and oldest state parks. Located just east of … Continue reading

February 5, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #33 – Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

I painted at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park early on a Sunday morning. First I toured the park. A self guided walking tour winds under the oaks and pines with … Continue reading

January 30, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #32 – Lake Griffin State Park

Lake Griffin State Park seems to be one of the smaller parks because most of the land is too swampy to hike. We pulled in on a sunny cool morning … Continue reading

January 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #31 – Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park has to be one of my favorite parks so far! From the parking area visitors take a boat ride to the main entrance. The … Continue reading

January 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #29 – Lake June-in-Winter Scrub State Park

After spending the morning at Highlands Hammock State Park, we drove down the road a few miles to Lake June-in-Winter Scrub State Park. The sun was getting low in the sky, … Continue reading

January 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

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